Violence against journalists continues with a murder, beating and shooting

first_img News September 15, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Violence against journalists continues with a murder, beating and shooting Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists Receive email alerts News Reporters Without Borders said it was deeply saddened by the murder of Maqbool Hussain Sail of the Online news agency, who was gunned down today in Dera Ismael Khan, in North-West Frontier Province, as he was going to see a local politician at his home. The killing followed attacks on at least two other journalists in the past few days.“These attacks show the degree of the hostility to which the Pakistani press is exposed,” the press freedom organisation said. “They come amid demonstrations by journalists for more pay and better protection from the government against criminals who take advantage of the climate of impunity to intimidate the media. We call for the arrest and punishment of those responsible.”Sail, 32, was gunned down by two men on motorcycle on the road leading to the home of Nawab Azek, the head of the local branch of the Pakistan People’s Party. He was hit six times and died while being rushed to hospital. Noting that he was a Shiite, the police said he could have been the victim of sectarian violence by members of the majority Sunni community.C.R. Shamsi, the deputy editor of the Urdu-language daily Ausaf and former secretary-general of the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists, was attacked by the federal labour minister’s staff in Islamabad two days ago when he tried to talk to the minister about a national demonstration by journalists that was due to take place soon.The minister told Shamsi he should come and talk to him about it in his office. When Shamsi insisted on telling him immediately, the minister told his driver and bodyguard to “teach him a lesson.” Shamsi’s ear drum was seriously injured in the attack.The same day, two men opened fire on the home of Shakil Anjum, the correspondent of the English-language daily, The News, in the province of Punjab, injuring his son and his nephew. Anjum suspects the attack was ordered by a local political who was the subject of one of his recent articles.Meanwhile reporter Mushtaq Ghuman of the Islamabad-based Business Recorder said he had received threatening phone calls and suspected Intelligence Bureau agents were trying to put him on his guard about an article he was writing concerning the prime minister. Help by sharing this information RSF_en PakistanAsia – Pacific Organisation PakistanAsia – Pacific center_img to go further Follow the news on Pakistan Pakistani supreme court acquits main suspect in Daniel Pearl murder April 21, 2021 Find out more June 2, 2021 Find out more January 28, 2021 Find out more News Pakistani journalist critical of the military wounded by gunfire Newslast_img read more

Ministry of the Interior orders armed occupation of independent television station

first_img Help by sharing this information to go further November 20, 2001 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Ministry of the Interior orders armed occupation of independent television station February 5, 2021 Find out more RSF_en Regional newspaper editor harassed after investigating real estate scandal “Caught red-handed in the act of censoring, the authorities in Kazakhstan are mistaken in their belief that their attacks against press freedom will drown in the current context of widespread reinforced security,” stated Robert Ménard, the organisation’s secretary-general. “We urge you to put an immediate end to this unacceptable armed occupation,” added Ménard. Receive email alerts Reporters prevented from covering Kazakh parliamentary elections News News Organisation In a 20 November 2001 letter to Minister of the Interior Bolat Iskanov, RSF asked the authorities in Kazakhstan to order the withdrawal of their troops from the studios of the independent television station KTK and respect the station’s independence. KazakhstanEurope – Central Asia According to information collected by RSF, on 16 November, armed troops from the Ministry of the Interior raided the building that houses the independent television station KTK in Almaty (formerly Alma Ata), temporarily suspending broadcasts. The station broadcast images of soldiers holding automatic weapons taking positions in its studios. The troops were reportedly brought in by order of Kazakhstan’s Security Council, on the pretext that in the context of the conflict in Afghanistan, “all of the Republic of Kazakhstan’s strategic installations must be guarded by the Ministry of the Interior’s troops.” According to a station manager, there is an urgent need for a stop to the pressure that is being brought to bear against independent journalists, including phone tapping and the surveillance of mail. News RSF recalls that since President Nursultan Nazarbayev’s reelection in January 1999, during a poll that was criticized by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), pressure on independent and opposition media has increased. On 31 March 2000, Tatiana Deltsova, a journalist from the private Almaty television station Channel 31, was dismissed. She had earlier made mention of the intimidation against a number of opposition leaders on her programme “Informbureau”. In January, two journalists working for the same programme were dismissed following pressure by the authorities, according to station managers. On 25 January, a tribunal in the Ust-Kamenogorsk region (in the country’s east) suspended the newspaper “HBC-Press” after accusing it of “inciting rebellion.” On 30 November 1999, the authorities in Termirtau (in the country’s north-east) suspended the programmes of local television stations TV 29, Ispat Sfera and 43 Kanal, and those of the private radio station Radio 102, on the pretext that they were operating without a licence. In a 24 April 2000 televised speech, Nazarbayev stated that the state “will not tolerate divergences, wherever they may originate, “particularly “excesses in speech or the incorrect interpretation of freedom of expression and press freedom.” He also threatened to close media outlets that “oppose the system and blacken this state in the eyes of the world”. January 15, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Kazakhstan Kazakh reporter accuses police of attacking her News KazakhstanEurope – Central Asia October 30, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Decoupled debit – Threat to credit unions, bonus for merchants

first_img 52SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Lou Grilli Lou Grilli is a Senior Innovation Strategist. Lou is tasked with building and shaping a superior payment and member experience capability for PSCU and its Owner credit unions. Lou’s … Web: https://www.pscu.com Details Merchants are always looking to reduce the cost of payment acceptance without inconveniencing shoppers. A few have found a solution in decoupled debit cards, which offer a significantly cheaper alternative for the merchant since payment bypasses the traditional payment rails, and instead uses ACH (the automated clearing house) for payment from any of the shopper’s bank accounts. Whereas a merchant would typically pay its processor a 3% fee for the cost of processing a bank’s card, the fee to a third-party provider to handle the ACH is 0.8% and is capped at $5 and larger merchants can get even lower rates. A decoupled debit card is “issued” by a department store or gas station for use only at the particular merchant and is not connected to (that is, decoupled from) any specific credit union or bank. Target, by far the biggest example of decouple debit cards with their successful REDcard, also found two other major benefits, loyalty and increased spend. Target offers shoppers an instant 5% cash back, which keeps Target shoppers coming back again and again. More importantly, Target found that REDcard shoppers increased their shopping carts by 50%, according to Sarah Grotta, director of debit advisory at Mercator. Spend on REDcard contributes over $8.9 billion in volume annually, accounting for 12.1 percent of all Target sales.These merchant-specific decoupled cards, which are also known as closed-loop debit, or private label ACH cards (because they use ACH to draw from the consumer’s account), have found their way into other verticals as well, primarily gas stations. Cumberland Farms rewards users of its decoupled debit program with a 10-cent per gallon discount. The loyalty of its users has been proven over the span of 4 years during which $2 billion has been processed over Cumberland’s decoupled debit program, returning $75 Million in rewards back to its customers. Using the CITGO Debit Plus Card grants Citgo customers an instant, 1% discount on all purchases—both at the pump and in-store. The Speedy Rewards Pay Card from Speedway works like a typical rewards program, with points earned for purchases in-store or for fuel, and rewards can be redeemed for merchandise or in-store discounts – this at a time when many debit card issuers are dropping rewards on debit. There’s another cost savings benefit to merchants for getting more consumers to use their closed-loop debit cards – chargebacks. Since these cards settle via ACH instead of needing an authorization like credit or debit cards, the transactions are not reversible. While there are no chargebacks, most merchants do offer a dispute process. Decoupled debit represents a threat to credit union and bank debit issuers, replacing interchange income from what would be a debit or PIN transaction with an ACH transaction that costs the credit union or bank to process. If decoupled debit were to gain a foothold in grocery stores and other high-volume categories, it could have a serious impact on debit income for debit card issuers. For now, decoupled debit is not exhibiting rapid growth and has found success only in a few niche categories, but remains an area to watch.last_img read more

ITB BERLIN 2019 – What does the future hold for us?

first_imgThe world’s largest “think-thanks” about tourism has just ended. He gave us materials to think and write for a whole year. After years of monitoring, I can say that trends are announced here that will only become “mainstream”. Just when you get used to the new situation, a new change is already announced… IT MAY SEEM TOO SCIENTIFICALLY, BUT THESE CHANGES ARE COMING In general, there is pressure to reduce long-distance travel and increase short journeys for which multimodular transport systems can be used: rail + car shearing, bike shearing. In the future, buildings should be built of wood, not reinforced concrete (wood is renewable, trees absorb CO2, and the use of wood as a building material does not produce as much CO2 as the use of reinforced concrete). The number of trips is growing from year to year due to low prices (economy), increasing connections in air transport (availability), digital technology (ease of booking). Travel has become an integral part of every man’s life, even a necessity of life. On this basis, the tourism sector with ancillary services is making strong progress.On the other hand, there are growing demands to reduce the number of passengers in some destinations due to “overtourism”. New taxes are being introduced, such as passes to enter the city; representatives of the luxury tourism segment emphasize that travel is not everyone’s right but only someone’s privilege. LIFE ON THE SCALE The World Tourism Organization promotes the development of sustainable and responsible tourism, tourism that benefits the local community, that preserves the environment, cultural heritage, traditions and people in the local community. Then again, there are observations from some circles that family accommodation, in the community, is harmful, that it has a devastating effect on the tourism industry and that it encourages “overtourism”. But that’s why corporations are building beautiful, environmentally friendly resorts in destinations where there is a lack of capacity, they are building new cruise ships because everyone wants to sail into the Grand Canal in Venice… Mankind is rapidly wasting the time left to repair the severe consequences of excessive CO2 emissions. Everything looks like a reconstruction of major accidents in the documentary series “Minutes to Disaster”. Tourism is one of the causes, but also the losers of climate change. One of the world’s greatest experts on climate impacts, Prof. Dr. Dr. Hans Hansach Schellnhuber, director emeritus of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, was very specific in his presentation. Global warming is melting the ice, raising the sea level, and thus the beaches are disappearing, and in the future all the big cities on the coast. As a result, the most attractive attractions for travel disappear. EXISTING TRENDS AND THE FUTURE To stop global warming at + 1,5 degrees Celsius, we need to halve CO2 emissions every ten years. If we do not achieve this, crossing the critical limit of 2 degrees Celsius will activate that almost unbelievable scenario of the disappearance of the current coastal belt on all continents. The cuts are very painful. Especially for the tourism industry. The introduction of alternative fuel for ships (LNG as a transition fuel, reintroduction of wind power, etc.), reduction of the number of flights on intercontinental routes and the abolition of short flights between cities in the same country are requested. A large investment is required in connecting Europe by high-speed rail. Global warming is also affecting the Gulf Stream, which is losing intensity and direction. If this changes significantly, the coasts of Western Europe will be hit by severe cold. Due to rising sea temperatures and higher acidity (CO2 that dissolves in the sea), coral reefs are disappearing. All this affects life and tourism. Tourism, on the other hand, is to blame for 8% of global CO2 emissions, with the largest emissions coming from aircraft and large ships. One large ship emits an amount of CO2 equal to that emitted by as many as a million cars. SUSTAINABLE AND RESPONSIBLE TOURISMcenter_img CONTRADICTIONS For some time to come, the volume of tourist traffic will grow according to current trends. Especially after Chinese companies set out strongly to conquer the Western market. However, by force or favor over the next ten years, tourist flows could return to the regional context. Leading German climatologists and economists agree. There are many other reasons besides “overtourism”, “plastic pollution”, the extinction of coral reefs, but also trade relations among the biggest “players” on the world stage that affect the future of tourism. GOOD NEWS FOR CROATIA WHAT EXPECTS US IN THE NEXT 10 YEARS? Good accessibility by road from the largest emitting tourist markets for Croatia is certainly a great advantage. The ecological transport transition has hit road transport the hardest, the results are optimistic and we need to build our future tourism strategy on that. From Berlin for HrTurizam.hr, Nedo PInezić, www.nedopinezic.com Summing up the impressions from this year’s ITB, I try to define some unique conclusion. However, to make it easier for myself and you, dear readers, to explain what is going on, I have decided to break down that final message. From 1860 and the beginning of the first industrial revolution until 2020, the planet “raised” its average temperature by 1,5 degrees Celsius. Professor Schellnhuber compares such a “small” increase in temperature to an increase in body temperature. This increase indicates a disease that the body is fighting. A larger increase in temperature entails more severe consequences, too high a temperature leads to death. The same thing happens with the earth. The increase in temperature affects the intensity and frequency of the “jetstream”, a “wavy wind” that blows at an altitude of 20.000 meters above the ground at a speed of 300 km / h from west to east. Changes in this wind bring intense periods of drought, heat or heavy rainfall with hurricanes, floods. The German car industry is already following the agenda presented by Prof. Schellnhuber. It is planned that by 2030, as many as 30% of cars in traffic will be electric cars. Cars will be less and less bought by private persons, but an innovative system of “car sharing” will be used. Increasing taxes on CO2 are also envisaged, which could affect airlines and, indirectly, air travel. Ships already have to gradually switch to alternative fuels, primarily LNG. The entire tourism sector is required to adopt a “Less CO2 strategy”. So far, something similar is happening with the disposable plastic removal plan (large hotel chains, cruising companies ().last_img read more

PREMIUMIndonesia supports G20’s digital tax initiative approved during Riyadh meeting

first_imgGoogle LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Log in with your social account Linkedin Indonesia G20-meeting Riyadh SriMulyaniIndrawati digital-tax technology infrastructure-development finance-minister Forgot Password ? Indonesia is supporting the initiative made by the Group of 20 (G20) major economies in Saudi Arabia recently to establish a new tax system to enable member countries to collect tax from global digital companies.During the meeting of the finance ministers and central banks of the G20 member countries in the Saudi capital of Riyadh on Feb. 22-23, Indonesia’s Finance Minister Sri Mulyani supported the G20 countries’ approach but urged the forum to stress transparency and fairness, John Hutagaol, an international taxation director at the Finance Ministry said in Jakarta on Monday.John said the G20 agreed to set up a tax system to collect tax from digital companies and prevent tax avoidance, but needed to further discuss the system’s technicalities.The so-called “unified approach” model approved in the meeting aims to collect tax from companies that … Topics : Facebooklast_img read more

West Indies fight despite Yasir’s three-for

first_imgJASON Holder and Shane Dowrich kept West Indies from disintegrating in the last hour of an engrossing but slow-moving day, finishing up at 218 for five, still trailing Pakistan by 158 runs.Things had looked bleak for Holder’s men when their best batsman Roston Chase walked off midway, after being struck on the elbow by a Mohammad Amir bouncer. But the others pulled their weight stoically enough to ensure they could claim a share of the spoils.West Indies didn’t lose any of their grit with Hope’s dismissal at the stroke of tea. For little over an hour after the break, they frustrated Pakistan before Vishal Singh, who has had a torrid first series, probably went a little too deep into his shell, especially against the faster bowlers.Even so, it was admirable to see the rookie fight it out on the pitch under considerable pressure although Misbah-ul-Haq was perhaps guilty of making it a little too easy for him, carrying on with the part-time of Azhar Ali from one end.With the hosts fighting so gamely, the moment that turned the session against them was an exceptionally cruel twist of fate.The new ball was just three overs old When Mohammad Amir hurried Roston Chase into a pull shot, the ball striking him flush on the elbow. After lengthy treatment on the field, the series’ highest run-scorer was forced to retire hurt.For a Pakistan team that had been unable to penetrate in the session up till then, it would have seemed like a wicket. Vishal succumbed two overs later to – predictably enough – pace. Mohammad Abbas swung the new ball in sharply to trap him plumb in front. Suddenly the West Indies looked vulnerable again, trailing as they did by 200 runs.Fortunately for the West Indies, Holder and Dowrich showed the same determination to ensure they didn’t go in to stumps having suffered any other blows in the face of a masterclass in discipline from the Pakistan pacers. Amir, in particular, continued to carry menace with the sort of short delivery that had injured Chase, striking Holder in the chest area once, and cramping both batsmen with the bouncer time and again.West Indies started the day in the sort of sedate fashion that has characterised much of this Test match, meandering along at a scoring rate well below two per over; only one boundary came in the first 25 overs.The day only came to life when Powell decided to take the attack to Yasir, but after shuffling across and sweeping him to the vacant square leg boundary once, he dragged a lofted hit to Azhar Ali at deep midwicket.Shimron Hetmyer came out with the same plan of not allowing Yasir to settle. He drove Yasir for a boundary in the first over he faced, and soon after, dispatched a short delivery for six over deep midwicket. But the wily leg-spinner had the last laugh again, getting one to turn in sharply from the rough, kissing Hetmyer’s gloves with Sarfraz Ahmed taking a sharp catch.Pakistan may not have had the wicket had Sarfraz not confidently signalled for a review almost the moment umpire Bruce Oxenford adjudged not out.Even so, West Indies still looked for scoring opportunities off Yasir, who ended the day having conceded nearly half the runs of the entire innings. It wasn’t that he was bowling poorly – a lot of his balls were perfect leg-spinners with sharp turn – but his consistency deserted him, prompting a rare reprimand from Misbah. Yet, it didn’t seem like he was far away from a wicket either.That duly arrived in the last over before lunch when Brathwaite, who looked fairly comfortable up until then, jabbed at a delivery that spun away sharply to take the edge through to the wicketkeeper. The deadlock of the first hour was well and truly broken by then.As in the first session, it was impossible to ignore the feeling that the game was moving on only while Yasir was bowling. Ironically, it was Azhar Ali who pulled things back for Pakistan during the afternoon, taking the only wicket in the session off its last ball, with Hope slicing to Misbah at short cover.It was a game that could have been snatched away from the West Indies in every session today. That they managed to hold Pakistan off and ensure they go in to day four still able to claim parity must feel like a small win in itself.(ESPNcricinfo)last_img read more

NAKAAYI: I knew something special was going to happen

first_imgUganda’s best bet for a medal however is in 23-year-old Cheptegei who will this time focus on one race, unlike the two he aimed for at the last championships in London 2017.The Ugandan ace came second behind legend Mo Farah in London in 2017 (video bottom), and will be the favourite for gold in the absence of the 36-year-old who has turned his attention to marathons.A total of 1,972 athletes from 208 countries and territories will compete in the championships, which are seen as an important staging post as Qatar prepares for the challenge of hosting football’s World Cup in 2022.With the bulk of the competition taking place at the fully air-conditioned Khalifa Stadium, most athletes will be shielded from the sizzling heat in Doha, where temperatures can reach 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit).Prize Money (tax free in Uganda)1st $60,0002nd $30,0003rd $20,0004th $15,0005th $10,0006th $6,0007th $5,0008th $4,000Ugandan team in DOHA – Women (10)400 MetresLeni SHIDA800 MetresHalimah NAKAAYIWinnie NANYONDO1500 MetresEsther CHEBETWinnie NANYONDO5000 MetresSarah CHELANGAT10,000 MetresRachael Zena CHEBETJuliet CHEKWELStella CHESANGMarathonLinet Toroitich CHEBET3000 Metres SteeplechasePeruth ChemutaiMen (12)1500 MetresRonald MUSAGALA5000 MetresOscar CHELIMOStephen KISSA10,000 MetresJoshua CHEPTEGEIJacob KIPLIMO 1Abdallah Kibet MANDEMarathonStephen KIPROTICHFred MUSOBOSolomon MUTAI3000 Metres SteeplechaseAlbert CHEMUTAIBenjamin KIPLAGATBoniface Abel SIKOWO Uganda’s Halimah Nakaayi celebrates as she crosses the finish line and wins in the Women’s 800m final at the 2019 IAAF Athletics World Championships at the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha on September 30, 2019. PHOTO AFP Monday 800M Final  – Nakaayi 1st (GOLD), Nanyondo 4thToday 6.15pm3000m Steeplechase H Ben Kiplagat | Albert Chemutai | Abel SikowuTomorrowWomen’s 1500m S Winnie Nanyondo | Esther ChebetWomen’s 5000m  F Sarah ChebetThursdayMen’s 1500m H Ronald MusagalaWomen’s 1500m F Winnie Nanyondo | Esther ChebetFridayMen’s 1500m S Ronald Musagala3000m Steeplechase F Ben Kiplagat | Albert Chemutai | Abel SikowuSaturdayMarathon  F – Stephen Kiptrotich | Fred Musobo | Solomon MutaiDoha, Qatar | AFP | New World 800m athletics champion Halimah Nakaayi has said she had a feeling something great would happen in the race, that is why she kept pushing even when it seemed  pre-race favourite Ajee Wilson of the United States was running to victory.“I was feeling so good, I knew something special was going to happen tonight,” said Nakaayi in an interview with iaaf.org. “So I just kept pushing and pushing. I was feeling strong and in the end I got it.”Nakaayi, 24, timed her race to perfection moving onto the shoulder of leader Ajee Wilson on the bend before kicking for home down the stretch. (video bottom)It however required a national record before she could take gold in 1min 58.04sec, with the fast-finishing Raevyn Rogers of the United States taking silver in 1:58.18. Nakaayi held the previous mark of 1:58.39 set last year in France.It is only the second World Championship athletics medal by a Ugandan woman, the first having been Dorcus Inzikuru’s gold in the 3000m steeplechase 14 years ago in Helsinki.With Winnie Nanyondo in fourth place, it is also Uganda’s best performance ever in a single race of the World Championships. Nakaayi takes the top prize of $60,000 (tax free) while Nanyondo won $15,000.Uganda had until tonight only won 2 Gold medals by Inzikuru Helsinki 2005 and Stephen Kiprotich Moscow 2013; 2 Silvers by Davis Kamoga Athens 1997 and Joshua Cheptegei 2017, and Bronzes by Moses Kipsiro Osaka 2007 and Solomon Mutai in Beijing.Uganda’s other gold medal favourite  Joshua Cheptegei (left) will run the 10,000m on the final day October 6, a day after Stephen Kiprotich in the marathon.Kiprotich returns for his third World Athletics Championships marathon – an event at which he stormed to Gold in Moscow in 2013. This was a year after becoming the first Ugandan to win Olympic Gold since John Akii Bua, at London 2012. Share on: WhatsAppcenter_img WORLD ATHLETICS CHAMPIONSHIPS 2019 Wc Timetable by The Independent Magazine on Scribdlast_img read more

Total Chaos completes wire-to-wire season by capturing Mixed Slopitch Title

first_imgThe game was a close affair throughout the contest with Total Chaos, finishing the regular season with a 19-0 record, holding off a late charge to edge Main Jet.In the B final, OK Tire got past Competition to capture bragging rights.In the C-Division Championship, Whitewater got past Shamballer to claim the crown.Twenty teams are entered into the Nelson Mixed Slopitch League, which begins play in April. Total Chaos completed a wire-to-wire finish by edging Main Jet 10-9 to capture the 2016 Nelson Mixed Slopitch Championship Sunday at the Lakeside Diamonds.The victory over Main Jet completed an undefeated season for the Regular Season and Playoff Champions.last_img read more

Fossil Fumbles Damage Darwinism

first_imgThree recent fossil finds are rearranging Darwin’s tree of life.  Pro-Darwinists will interpret this as pruning; Darwin skeptics will interpret it as uprooting.  Shark heads:  “The earliest known braincase of a shark-like fish has shown some assumptions about the early evolution of vertebrates are ‘completely wrong,’ experts say.  That’s what National Geographic said.  Read all about it: sharks are not more primitive compared to bony fish.  The situation is a lot more complicated.  “This is the first real movement in this part of the evolutionary tree in the last hundred years,” one scientist commented.  The BBC News write-up, however, did not point out the problems.  It merely reported that the fossil is “shedding light on the evolution of jawed vertebrates.”Archaeopteryx, emu?:  Interpreters of the early bird Archaeopteryx have fallen into the bird camp and the reptile camp.  Score a point for the bird team: Science Daily reported on X-ray scanning of the fossil that shows its hearing bones were more bird-like than reptile-like.  It probably heard like a modern emu, they figure.Rolling stones:  Precambrian rocks have long been known to possess wiggly lines.  What are these trace fossils?  Without a body, it was hard to know.  Evolutionists eager to soften the Cambrian Explosion interpreted them as worm trails – the earliest examples of bilaterian (two-sided) animals.  That interpretation has come under fire with the discovery of giant living amoebas that can roll around and produce tracks very similar to those seen in the fossil record.  Both Science1 and Current Biology2 commented on the finding reported last month reported in Current Biology.3  None of them were optimistic.  It appeared that, at least in some cases, the hoped-for traces of complex multicellular life that might have lessened the impact of the Cambrian Explosion were in fact made by single-celled organisms.A footnote on the third item: the original paper by Matz et al actually made things worse for the Darwinians.  The authors suggested that even the Ediacaran biota (08/19/2004, 01/05/2008), the strange plant-like things that preceded the explosion, were not multicellular organisms.  “Our observations also render indirect support to the highly controversial interpretation of the enigmatic Ediacaran biota of the late Precambrian as giant protists,” they said.  If so, it doesn’t suggest the Darwinists hoped the Ediacaran biota would provide transitional forms.  It only sharpens the concussion of the Cambrian explosion: because, except for sponge embryos found in the Precambrian, it means everything prior to the sudden appearance of virtually all the animal phyla consisted of single-celled microbes.1.  Stefan Bengtson and Birger Rasmussen, “New and Ancient Trace Makers,” Science, 16 January 2009: Vol. 323. no. 5912, pp. 346-347; DOI: 10.1126/science.1168794.2.  Jan Pawlowski and Andrew J. Gooday, “Precambrian Biota: Protistan Origin of Trace Fossils?,” Current Biology, Volume 19, Issue 1, 13 January 2009, pp. R28-R30, doi:10.1016/j.cub.2008.11.003.3.  M.V. Matz, T.M. Frank, N.J. Marshall, E.A. Widder and S. Johnsen, “Giant deep-sea protist produces bilaterian-like traces,” Curr. Biol. 18 (9 Dec 2008), pp. 1849?1854.Watch for the release this year of a new documentary on the Cambrian Explosion.  The problem that should have falsified Darwinism in 1859 never went away.  Each new finding shouts that Darwinism has been defeated, and should be tossed into the dustbin of history.    But the pro-Darwinists are unrepentant and stiffnecked.  Listen to what Sid Perkins said in the new Darwin-Birthday Bombast issue of Science News (Jan 31, 2009, 175:3, p. 30).  In an article bluffing that transitional forms are found all over the fossil record (only mentioning Tiktaalik and a particular salamander), he said this about the Cambrian:And many stretches of the fossil record poorly represented in Darwin’s day – such as the Precambrian, an era before the Cambrian period (which began about 542 million years ago and is when much of life’s diversity apparently evolved) – are now more thoroughly populated.  Fortey notes: “For Darwin, the Precambrian was a complete mystery, whereas now we have a tremendously detailed narrative” for that era, much of it gathered in the past few decades.The bluffing and misrepresentation in that paragraph is shocking and irresponsible.  “Apparently evolved” is pure question begging built on imagination.  Sure the Precambrian is “more thoroughly populated” – with microbes, but not with the transitional forms Darwin needed.  Science News, you know, has been a Darwin Party mouthpiece since its founding at the Scopes Trial, when it was a propaganda arm of the new ACLU that sued Tennessee (12/28/2005).  Even secular historians now admit that the whole Scopes affair was a sham to shame religious creationists in the media, which is the only thing the lurid sideshow accomplished.  Would you grant any credibility to scoundrels?(Visited 12 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

China Soybean Imports Down

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest BEIJING, China (DTN) — China is likely to finish the 2018-19 marketing year for soybeans importing less than official projections.With the monthly soybean import volume of 8.64 million metric tons (317.5 million bushels) in July and an expectation of 9.1 million metric tons (334.4 million bushels) in August, China is expected to import 82.0 million (3.01 billion bushels) of soybean in 2018/19 crop year, less than the estimation of both USDA and China Ministry of Agriculture.“The market was expecting an import of 9.41 million metric tons earlier, but as the demand for soybean meal and soybean oil are slow in the country, plus the uncertainty of U.S.-China trade relations, some crushers postponed their shipment and end up arriving only 8.64 million metric tons,” said Dr Jun Wang, professor of China Agricultural University.USDA pegged China’s 2018/19 soybean import at 83 million metric tons while China Ministry of Agriculture’s recent estimate was 83.5 million metric tons.China imported a historically high volume of 94.2 million metric tons (3.46 billion bushels) of soybean last crop year. Based on above estimation, the country will import less than 11 million metric tons (418.1 million bushels) of soybeans in the current crop year.Lower soybean imports have not translated into shortages so far, largely due to the impact of African Swine Fever (ASF) as well as an economic slowdown in the country, both of which have reduced market demand. “But, as Brazil soybean export window coming to the end and no U.S. new crop soybeans have been booked by traders yet, markets start to worry about the supply at the end of the year,” said Wang.For the 2019-20 marketing year, China has just 194,000 metric tons of sales booked. Chinese buyers still have 2.8 million metric tons of outstanding sales on the books for the 2018-19 crop year that have yet to ship. The marketing year ends Aug. 31.From the first breakout of ASF a year ago in northeast China, hog farmers had been struggling with the virus. With the recent report from Ministry of Agriculture, hog stocks in the country reduced to 254 million head, compare to 308 million head at the beginning of the year.In a forecast higher than the Chinese government’s official estimates, Rabobank earlier this month projected that the China hog herd could be reduced in half by the end of 2019. Rabobank estimates losses are already close to 40% of China’s hogs.The ripple effect of ASF is driving down feed demand. Statistics from China Feed Association shows a total feed production of 36.3 million metric tons in the first half of this year, a decrease of 14% compare to same time last year. Hog feed production fell 27% in June, compare to the same period of last year.Soybean meal prices have come down. September soybean meal contract in Dalian Commodity Exchange (DCE) reached a high price of RMB 3031 per ton ($429 a ton) in June 4 last year after U.S.-China trade war started. Soybean meal kept a lower price after that, even though soybean import volume was much lower than last year. Today, the price of this contract is RMB 2889 per ton ($409).U.S. SOYBEAN IMPORT IS LIMITED IN BOTH OLD CROP AND NEW CROPU.S.-China trade war led China to put a 25% tariff on U.S. soybeans from last year. Though the Chinese government promised to buy 20 million metric tons of soybean from U.S., the two state-owned companies, COFCO and SinoGrain only bought 14.3 million metric tons.The U.S. And China are expected to hold further negotiations in September, but Chinese buyers have no idea of what import tariff they will face this fall importing U.S. soybeans.“From last October, there were 174 bulk U.S. soybean shipments carrying about 60,000 metric tons (2.2 million bushels) of soybean each inspected and shipped to China, while there are another 26 cargos waiting to be loaded at PNW,” said Wang, “But, nobody knows how many cargos Chinese crushers will be able to buy in the 2019/20 crop year as the trade war goes.”BRAZIL SOYBEAN IMPORT DRYING UP SOONThe Chinese market is mainly dependent on Brazilian soybeans from last year.By the end of August, Brazil should have exported 63 million metric tons of soybeans, with another 10 million metric tons to export until January when the crop soybean starts to become available. 74% of Brazil’s soybean exports were shipped to China.“There are not many beans left for export indeed,” said Thiago Piccinin, “Most of the beans are in the south port of Rio Grande,” as soybeans harvested later in the southern state of Brazil. Piccinin is CEO of Lotus Grains and Oilseed, a trading company in Sao Paulo.Piccinin believe there will be 8 million to 10 million metric tons of soybean left for export and about 80% of those beans will go to China.“Chinese crushers brought another 30 cargos of soybeans from South American countries, mostly from Brazil, last week, as there is no hope to make a deal between U.S. and China government recently,” said a trader in Beijing, “But, as Brazilian soybean exports dry up, Chinese market will face a shortage at the end of the year.(CCSK)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more